Apply for Funding

Sunshine Coast Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for grants up to $7,500 from February 1 to March 1, 2021. Start by clicking on “Responsive Community Grants” below.


Each year, the Foundation awards grants to local Sunshine Coast charities. The amount varies from year to year depending on investment earnings. In recent years we have awarded more than $165,000 each year in grants.
Several granting streams match different organizational needs.

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative Grants

Community Foundations of Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Canadian Urban Institute, has launched a $31 Million fund to help create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and provide digital solutions to help neighbourhoods or communities navigate the pandemic and build back better in the COVID-19 recovery.

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of COVID-19.  Organizations can apply from February 9, 2021, at 1:00 PM EST until March 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. A second application period for funding will take place starting in May 2021.Visit to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions. Visit this page to see the list of upcoming webinars with ideas and tips for applying.

Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

In response to community needs created by the COVID-19 health pandemic, Sunshine Coast Foundation established the Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. This fund, seeded by resources from the Foundation, and to which individuals and businesses may contribute, is providing emergency relief to charities whose operations, programs, or services are negatively impacted by the restrictions or other factors related to the current situation.

Responsive Community Grants

The Responsive Community Grants stream awards grants of up to $7,500 for worthwhile community projects. These grants ‘respond’ to local and current needs as demonstrated in applications submitted by local organizations.

Intentional Grants

The Intentional Community Grants Stream offers grants of up to $40,000 per year for up to three years for organizations, programs, or projects that address a priority challenge identified in our latest Vital Signs reports. Since each grant is renewable for two additional years, new grants are offered only every three years. The next application opportunity will open in 2023.

Canada Cultural Investment Fund

The Department of Canadian Heritage offers an endowment fund matching program to arts & culture organizations that offer public performances. DCH will match up to 100% of donations from private donors received by such organizations.

Out-of-Cycle Grants

Sunshine Coast Foundation occasionally will consider requests for small grants for exceptional projects serving populations on the Sunshine Coast that are time-sensitive and cannot wait for the annual community grants cycle. To inquire about this opportunity, please contact